Nature Preschools

Nature preschools are a growing trend in education, and Natural Start is happy to support the role they play in developing happy, healthy children. If you are a nature preschool or want to help support the work they do, join our Alliance to help this movement grow. 


Council of Nature and Forest Preschools

Nature-based education professionals in the Natural Start Alliance are working together to support the growth and development of nature and forest preschools through the newly formed Council of Nature and Forest Preschools. If you'd like to take on a leadership role in the field, work closely with other nature-based education leaders, and help accelerate the growth and development of the field of nature-based early childhood education, consider joining the Council today. This is an all-volunteer effort that is supported by the Natural Start Alliance.

Join the Council of Nature and Forest Preschools

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David Catlin Consulting LLC and Rachel Larimore announced this month that they are teaming up to develop business plans for nature-based preschools. Read more

Tiny Trees

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We looked back across the year to see what most engaged our community across some of our digital platforms in 2015. Read more

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Share your experience, provoke discussion, and share resources at the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference this August. Read more

Member Spotlight

Preschoolers roam Golden Gate National Park with Lauryn Smith Demyanovich, lead preschool teacher for NatureBridge. From summer camps to preschool field trips, she helps preschoolers learn to love their public lands. Read more

Natural Start Alliance

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What do you get when you bring together nearly 100 nature-based educators, put them in a beautiful setting, and give them the tools to tell their stories? The Nature-Based Preschool National Conference! See highlights from 2015. Read more

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Claire Warden is set to release a new book, and her team shares updates from their busy summer. Read more

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Thanks to a major new grant, Bullock Creek Public Schools are planning to expand their Nature Kindergarten program to first grade. Read more

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Registration for the conference has broken records and exceeded expectations. Select days are still available, and a waitlist is available for discounted rates. Read more

Member Spotlight

Outdoor education specialist Amy Beam shares the nature awareness programs she's developed in Maryland. Read more

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Author and Nature Preschool Director Rachel A. Larimore shares her summer adventures on Claire Warden's Scotland study tour of nature kindergartens. Read more

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